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A10643 Vase, 'Piume' series, blown glass engraved with feathers, Archimede Seguso for Vetreria Archimede Seguso, Murano, Venice, Italy, c. 1955. Click to enlarge.

Vase, ‘Piume’ series, blown glass engraved with feathers, Archimede Seguso for Vetreria Archimede Seguso, Murano, Venice, Italy, c. 1955

Made 1955
This is a blown glass vase in the 'Piume' series engraved with feathers designed by Archimede Seguso and made by Vetreria Archimede Seguso in Murano, Venice, Italy, in about 1955.

The 1950s marked a high point in Italian design. Italian industrial design ? with its iconic Vespa scooter ? became 'hot' in Europe. Boldly coloured and high innovative glass and ceramics contributed greatly to 'organic modernism' in design, which was inspired by contemporary abstract sculpture and natural shapes, such as the atom and the cell, revealed under powerful new microscopes.

Blown glass lent itself particularly well to the sensual shapes and long, flowing lines of 1950s modernism. Visually striking and almost magical in the way it is formed, post-war Venetian glass continues to challenge and inspire glassmakers around the world.

Summary

Object No.

A10643

Object Statement

Vase, 'Piume' series, blown glass engraved with feathers, Archimede Seguso for Vetreria Archimede Seguso, Murano, Venice, Italy, c. 1955

Physical Description

Vase, flattened piriform shape, filigrana feathers imprisoned between three layers of coloured glass Archimede Seguso, Italy, 1955

Glass vase of flattened piriform shape with everted neck, with filigrana feathers imprisoned between three layers of glass - clear, pale yellow, and pale amethyst. Archimede Seguso, Italy. 1955.(OF).

Dimensions

Height

440 mm

Width

50 mm

Depth

285 mm

Production

Made

1955

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1984

Acquisition Date

20 August 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

Vase, 'Piume' series, blown glass engraved with feathers, Archimede Seguso for Vetreria Archimede Seguso, Murano, Venice, Italy, c. 1955 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 11 August 2020, <https://ma.as/170436>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display in Collection Gallery 1 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

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